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Melba Corbin Schlimmer, East Tawas MI/Columbia, KY native (1938-2017)

She was the daughter of the late William O. and Fannie L. (Powell) Corbin. With her passing, seven siblings of 10 survive: Margaret Corbin, Enola (Don) Gifford, Janet Sewell, and Elaine (Dick) Brothers, Betty Corbin, Phyllis (Pat) Minnick, Reta (Bob) Moss She attended Adair County Schools. She attended Adair County Schools. After graduating from Adair County High School, she moved to Michigan, where she had a very successful career in business, as evidenced by the beautiful tribute which follows
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Melba Corbin Schlimmer, of East Tawas, Michigan, passed away Saturday, April 1, 2017.

A celebrating Melba's life on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at Orchard Grove Community Church, 850 Ladd Road, Walled Lake, Michigan at 10amCT/11amET.


She attended Adair County Schools.

She was born February 23, 1938, in Columbia, Adair County, Kentucky to William O. and Fannie L. (Powell) Corbin.

The family was very involved in the Beulah Chapel Brethren in Christ Church. After graduating from high school, she moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan where she worked as a telephone operator for Michigan Bell. She married Neil C. Schlimmer on January 31, 1959. Melba and Neil raised three sons in the Ann Arbor area, but they often returned to her hometown in Kentucky to spend time with her family. She had a beautiful voice and she and her sisters spent many hours singing hymns and spiritual songs. These "jam sessions" continued throughout her lifetime.

Melba had a keen mind for finances and was integral in managing the books for Schlimmer Decorating. She was also an entrepreneur, in her own right. Always a fashionable dresser, with a background in retail, in the early 1980's, she founded and operated the Village Apparel Shop, with stores in Hamburg, Pinckney and Whitmore Lake. After many years as successful independent business owners, she and Neil retired to East Tawas. Full of creativity and positive energy, she turned her focus to real estate. She had a penchant for flipping houses. Into these homes she invited family and friends and shared her knowledge of home-style cooking, gardening, interior decorating, sewing and a regular game of euchre. Everyone wanted to be her partner; she was a winner. Other interests included bowling, travel, a good game show and a spin on the Wheel of Fortune slot machine.

Her generosity, spirit and love for family could be seen in the nurturing relationships she had with her grandchildren. Whether teaching them her work, taking them birthday shopping, making a cozy quilt or mashed potatoes for dinner, her love for them was deep.

Those left to honor her legacy include her husband, Neil, and the following:
  • Her children: Charles (Joan), Jeff (Sarah) and Doug (Cori)

  • Her grandchildren: Scott, Jessalyn (Brandon),Tyler, Nicholas and Carson

  • Her great-grandchildren: Corey and Adelle

  • Siblings: Margaret Corbin, Enola (Don) Gifford, Janet Sewell, and Elaine (Dick) Brothers, Betty Corbin, Phyllis (Pat) Minnick, Reta (Bob) Moss

  • A large family of extended in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends
Melba was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Kenneth and J.W. Corbin.

This obituary information is a courtesy of Grissom-Martin Funeral Home, 200 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY.


This story was posted on 2017-04-07 15:58:53
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